Actually it should be (and will be) the first chapter of each day since it sets up the day's runs by supplying needed empty freight cars from the Philly side of the river.
Initiating the coal (WY843/WY842) and tanker (WY79/WY80) runs from staging should remove so much work from the Pavonia yard job that the two Tim's might not have enough to do (which means they could find other mischief to get into - and we don't want that)!
I decide in advance what needs to be delivered / shipped from a spreadsheet (see the blog entry for May 31, 2014) which determines when and what kind of cars are needed for the commodities to be handled each day. We have 14 sidings (18 customers) on line and 10 more customers south of the layout portions modeled. In a 7 day week we will process 229 freight cars:
88 Hopper cars (2 power plants and coal furnaces in every town)
10 Covered hoppers (DuPont & Shell Chemical on the Penns Grove branch)
69 Tank cars (2 refineries)
4 Chemical tank cars (DuPont & Shell Chemical on the Penns Grove branch)
30 Box cars
22 Refrigerator cars (for the gazillion farms in southern NJ - "The Garden State")
1 Flat car
The 3 staging tracks make this all possible.
The Pavonia yard (remember the PRSL was a North - South, dead-ended line with only the one major yard in Camden on the northern end) does not always have all the cars needed for the day's work. Hence the 3rd staging track for the merchandise transfer run.
|The merchandise transfer run from Philly|
|Three sharks to pull 6 cars - "slightly" over-powered maybe?|
Today's run only brought in 5 needed empties (3 reefers, a covered hopper, and a chem tanker). The job would only need 1 or 2 engines but I am showing off some of my sharks that were off-site for work for 79 days. (Pretty, aren't they!) They will return with 17 cars (9 loads and 8 unneeded empties (tanker, gondola, 3 hoppers and 3 box cars). Notice the inbound empties and the outbound empties should be mutually exclusive car types.
|Leaving town is a bit different - 18 cars in tow.|
|Passing Campbell Soup on the way out of Camden|
|Those sharks were indeed beautiful engines|
This run should help keep the yard empty for sorting cars for the day's 5 runs to south Jersey (and enough work to keep Tim junior out of trouble).
Whew! Documenting all these runs was a lot of work. Now I have time to set up the Christmas trains for the grandkids and eventually start working on the layout again.
Happy Birthday Jesus!
Merry Christmas everyone!